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Bronze IPPY Independent Publishers Book Award in the Western Region and Pacific category!
Soul Space shares the compelling story of a family’s journey to create places of beauty and welcome in a global guest retreat space and gardens. They wanted to honor the life and compassionate spirit of their 25-year-old daughter Krista Hunt Ausland who was killed while volunteering with her husband Aaron in Bolivia.
After launching the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship that encourages other young adults engaged in volunteer service, the Hunts replaced a dilapidated barn with the ‘Hearth’ and gardens that centers many gatherings. Seven Blessings, prayed by guests during the groundbreaking, anchor the inspiring stories from Krista Colleagues, many community groups, and visitors from around the world who find this a restorative peaceful place that nurtures their spirits.
With 180 beautifully illustrated photographs, this coffee-table style book invites readers to imagine how anyone can cultivate their own Hearth spaces. Creating such intentional places will gift their families, friends and communities with warmth and welcome, much needed in today’s world.
Linda Lawrence Hunt is the co-founder of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, award-winning author of several books, and retired Director of the Whitworth University Writing Program. A University of Washington graduate, she earned her Ph.D. from Gonzaga University. A two-time cancer survivor, Linda enjoys speaking around America on bold-spirited resilience and hope during difficult times. An irrational, passionate gardener, she and her husband Jim find delight in sharing the daily miracles within several global gardens surrounding the Hearth.
2020 Illumination Book Award
With the motto, “Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books,” the Illumination Book Awards are designed to honor the best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview. Delighted that Soul Space: Creating Places and Lives that Make a Difference was honored with the Illumination Silver Medallion Award for “Keepsake and Gift” books.
“An extraordinary book, beautiful in language, presentation, and spirit!” - Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author, Everything She Didn’t Say and Homestead
"In a world of systemic busyness, endless distraction, and always-moving-on, we all hunger for hearth time, for pause time, for soul space. The Hearth, a guest retreat space, provides a template that lodges in the heart, a seed of imagination that emerging adults and other guests can carry into their future and use to create places in their communities where they can drop anchor and abide, stay, dwell, live—and make a difference. Soul Space will stir your heart and ignite your own imagination of the possible. A vital read for today’s world." – Sharon Daloz Parks, author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith
“Soul Space welcomes readers into a distinctive journey that begins with the loss of a beloved daughter and the emergence of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, an empowering community, and the Hearth, an inspiring place for young adults engaged in service, and for visiting guests. With Linda Lawrence Hunt’s winsome writing and Jim Hunt’s evocative poetry, this eagerly awaited book will inform and inspire a wide audience!” – Ronald C. White, author of presidential biographies A. Lincoln, A Biography and American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant and a visiting scholar at the Hearth